The Rigor Mortis, a B-17 Flying Fortress in North Africa and Italy in World War II. 32nd Bomb Squadron of the 301st Bombardment Group, 12h AF and 15th AF.

"Rigor Mortis"

B-17 Flying Fortress

12th Air Force - 15th Air Force

301st Bombardment Group (H)

32nd Bomb Squadron

12th Air Force, Formed Late 1942 For North African Campaign

1st Crew

Don Brazee, Pilot
Charles William Randrup, Co-Pilot
Burt Lewis, Navigator
Emory Cook, Bombardier
James Farrell, Engineer
Lloyd E. Willoughby, Radio Operator
Basil J. "Bob" Lovelace, Ball Turret
Wall, Waist Gunner
Machine Gun" Kelly, Tail Gunner

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429th Bomb Squadron

2nd Bombardment Group

The Rigor Mortis was assigned to the 2nd Bombardment Group, November 14, 1943.

The Rigor Mortis Flew 1 mission with the 429th and had 1 Early Return (ERT).

Crews and Missions:

The following alphabetized list of servicemen are listed in crew and squadron records as having flown on Rigor Mortis a mission on January 31, 1944 to Udine, Italy. They had an early return on mission 137, January 30, 1944 that was to target Lavariano, Italy.

Some of these men probably did not survive the war. We honor their memory. Others returned to the states.

I would like to get in contact with any survivors, spouses, descendants or other family members. Thank You.

Junior	L	Anderson
Celestine	J	Antonio
Fred	W	Counts
Leslie	P	Gallagher
Shelbourne	W	Gholson
John	J	Kilgalen
Fredrick	G	Lavigne
John	L	Magyar
Marshall		McKew
Terrence	M	Sullivan

Crew lists provided for by research at the national archives by Dick Drain.

This photo provided by Terry Sullivan, 10/15/2004

Photo taken in Texas before overseas deployment, Plane Unknown. R. Back Row: Shelbourne W. Gholson, Fred W. Counts, Fred J. Lavigne, Junior L. Anderson, Howard L. Rees, John L Magyar.
Front Row: Marchall McKew, Leslie Gallagher, Celestine J. Antonie, Terrence Michael Sullivan.